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Libations for All Occasions: Watermelon Mint Margarita

Hot weather and quarantine have not mixed well for me. I am thankful, though, for the safe haven that is my air-conditioned living room. When the heat becomes too much to bear, I sometimes take stock of our current situation by dreaming up a nice, cold margarita. As the bar is merely a few feet away these days, my margarita fantasies often materialize and soon melt away my stay-at-home woes.   

As one of Sacramento’s hottest months, this July in California needed a margarita with aplomb. Seeking out a drink that is as soothing as it is intoxicating, I turned to one of the produce industry’s biggest summertime categories: melons! 

Watermelon is a veritable beacon of relaxation in the summer sun and creates the perfect base for this seasonal margarita. Because there’s no such thing as too much fresh produce, my July-time libation is complemented by an energizing twist of mint and a zesty spritz of lime. 

Whether you’re scoping out the best summertime merchandising opportunities, or kicking up your feet after a long week of work, don’t underestimate the magic made when fresh produce and tequila collide!


½ cup white granulated sugar

½ cup water

6 fresh mint leaves

2 cups watermelon, cubed and seeded

¾ cup white tequila

¼ cup lime juice

2 cups crushed ice

Sugar and lime for garnish


Prep Time: 15 min

Servings: 4


1. Make simple syrup by placing sugar and water in a saucepan with mint leaves to taste and bring to a simmer. Once sugar dissolves, remove from heat. Set aside.

2. Place watermelon cubes in a blender or food processor. Blend until completely puréed.

3. Combine watermelon purée, simple syrup, tequila, and lime juice in a pitcher.

4. Garnish the rims of four glasses with lime and sugar and fill to the brim with ice. Pour margarita mix into each glass and enjoy!